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Indiana's tourism industry directly employs 155,000 Hoosier and supports 202,000 jobs statewide, according to the Indiana Office of Tourism Development. Between lodging, food and beverage, shopping, transportation, entertainment and recreational spending, tourism in the state generates $11.5 billion.
Monday, June 19, 2017
Preparing Hoosiers to enter the workforce
Indiana's unemployment rate is continuing to decrease each month. In general, economists agree that a rate below 5 percent indicates a strong economy. Currently, our statewide unemployment rate is at 3.6 percent. This is lower than the national average of 4.4 percent, and it is lower than all four of our bordering states.
Monday, June 12, 2017
Strengthening Hoosier education
With the month of June already upon us, it's time to celebrate our local high school seniors who are finishing up their final days of school. Congratulations to all of those who worked hard to achieve this success. Our schools and educators deserve recognition for the achievements of our students. This year, I supported new laws to help them continue leading our students down the path to a prosperous future.
Monday, June 5, 2017
New policies to help Hoosier families
Raising a family presents immense joy, as well as many challenges. Our state offers a variety of resources to support the well-being of families, and this session, new laws were enacted to provide additional help to those who may be facing difficulties.

Some may not be aware of the state's helpline center that can be reached at any time by dialing 2-1-1 or visiting www.in211.org.

Monday, May 22, 2017
New laws promoting public safety
Fostering safety in our community and throughout the state is very important. This session, the General Assembly enacted legislation to promote public safety by punishing cyber criminals, cracking down on impaired drivers, addressing the illegal drug epidemic and strengthening penalties for pharmacy robberies.
Monday, May 15, 2017
Better roads for our future
On average, Hoosier drivers spend nearly $500 each year on vehicle repairs caused by poor road conditions. With almost 10 percent of the state's major roads in disrepair and 21 percent of bridges considered structurally insecure, it was time for lawmakers to invest in our transportation infrastructure. It was determined an additional $1 billion a year is needed to update and maintain the roads and bridges in our state.
Monday, May 8, 2017
Balanced budget bill signed into law
Gov. Eric Holcomb last week signed into law Indiana's next two-year budget. The plan funding state operations starting in July focuses on education, public safety, veteran's programs, substance abuse prevention and workforce development.
Monday, May 1, 2017
Helping military families, college-bound Hoosiers
The 2017 legislative session came to an end late last week. In addition to passing a balanced biennial state budget and a comprehensive road funding plan, which I look forward to highlighting in future articles, policymakers passed new laws providing assistance to military families and lessoning the burden of paying for college.
Monday, April 24, 2017
New laws fostering a healthier Indiana
Among the new laws enacted this session are policies focusing on the health of Hoosiers. Cervical cancer, strokes and meningitis have caused multiple deaths in our state, so lawmakers took action this session to address these important public health matters.
Monday, April 17, 2017
Final weeks of the 2017 legislative session are here
This month welcomes the final weeks of the 2017 legislative session. At this point, conference committees are meeting to discuss amendments to proposals and working to reach agreements on the final form of proposed new laws. At this point, Gov. Eric Holcomb has signed 23 bills into law, including measures to help our military members, reward our long-serving public safety officials and prevent drug use in our state.
Monday, April 10, 2017

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